Elegant Wine Tasting Dinner Menu: A Night of Fine Flavours


Welcome to our sophisticated wine-tasting dinner party! This evening, we’ll embark on a culinary journey, exploring a delightful selection of dishes paired perfectly with exquisite wines. Whether you’re a seasoned oenophile or just beginning your wine journey, this menu is designed to tantalise your taste buds and elevate your dining experience. Let’s raise a glass and toast to a night of fine flavours and great company!

Wine and Cheese Pairings: A Perfect Match

Enhance your dining experience with these classic pairings: a buttery Chardonnay with Brie, a crisp Sauvignon Blanc with goat cheese, a bold Cabernet Sauvignon with aged Cheddar, and a sweet Port with Gorgonzola. These combinations highlight the unique characteristics of both the wines and the cheeses.

Embracing the Art of Wine Tasting

Wine tasting is an art that enhances the appreciation of both wine and food. By paying attention to the wine's colour, aroma, taste, and finish, you can unlock a world of flavours and experiences. Our menu is crafted to complement this journey, offering dishes that pair seamlessly with various wines.

Appetizers: The Perfect Start

  1. Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon:
    • Ingredients: 1 cantaloupe (cut into wedges), 12 slices of prosciutto, fresh basil leaves (optional).
    • Instructions: Wrap each cantaloupe wedge with a slice of prosciutto. Secure with a toothpick and garnish with basil leaves. Serve chilled.
  2. Baked Brie with Honey and Almonds:
    • Ingredients: 1 wheel of Brie cheese, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup sliced almonds.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Place Brie on a baking sheet, drizzle with honey, and sprinkle with almonds. Bake for 10-15 minutes until warm and gooey. Serve with sliced baguette or crackers.

Main Courses: Exquisite Flavours

  1. Coq au Vin:
    • Ingredients: 1 whole chicken (cut into pieces), 1 bottle red wine (preferably Burgundy), 1 cup chicken broth, 4 slices bacon (chopped), 1 onion (chopped), 2 carrots (sliced), 2 garlic cloves (minced), 1 bay leaf, 1 tsp thyme, 1 tbsp tomato paste, salt and pepper to taste, fresh parsley for garnish.
    • Instructions: Cook bacon until crisp. Brown chicken pieces and set aside. Sauté onion, carrots, and garlic. Add tomato paste, wine, chicken broth, bay leaf, and thyme. Return chicken and bacon to pot. Simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. Season and garnish with parsley.
  2. Grilled Salmon with Lemon-Dill Sauce:
    • Ingredients: 4 salmon fillets, 2 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, 1/4 cup plain Greek yoghurt, 2 tbsp mayonnaise, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp fresh dill (chopped).
    • Instructions: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Brush salmon with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Grill for 4-5 minutes on each side. Mix Greek yoghurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and dill for sauce. Serve with salmon.

Sides: Complementing the Main Dishes

  1. Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes:
    • Ingredients: 2 lbs baby potatoes (halved), 3 tbsp olive oil, 4 garlic cloves (minced), 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste, fresh parsley for garnish.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss potatoes with olive oil, garlic, Parmesan, salt, and pepper. Spread on a baking sheet. Roast for 25-30 minutes until golden and crispy. Garnish with parsley.
  2. Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce:
    • Ingredients: 1 lb asparagus (trimmed), 3 egg yolks, 1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted), 1 tbsp lemon juice, salt and cayenne pepper to taste.
    • Instructions: Steam or blanch asparagus until tender. Whisk egg yolks with lemon juice over simmering water. Slowly add melted butter, whisking until thickened. Season with salt and cayenne. Drizzle over asparagus.

Desserts: Sweet Endings

  1. Chocolate Fondue:
    • Ingredients: 12 oz dark chocolate (chopped), 1 cup heavy cream, 1 tsp vanilla extract, assorted dippable (strawberries, banana slices, marshmallows, pound cake cubes).
    • Instructions: Heat cream until it simmers. Add chocolate and stir until smooth. Add vanilla extract. Serve with dippable.
  2. Poached Pears in Red Wine:
    • Ingredients: 4 ripe pears (peeled and cored), 1 bottle red wine, 1 cup sugar, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 star anise, 1 vanilla bean (split).
    • Instructions: Simmer wine with sugar, cinnamon, star anise, and vanilla bean. Add pears and simmer for 20-25 minutes until tender. Remove pears, reduce wine to a syrup. Drizzle syrup over pears before serving.


We hope this wine-tasting dinner menu adds a touch of elegance to your evening. Enjoy the exquisite flavours, delightful pairings, and the joy of fine dining. Cheers!


Can I prepare these dishes in advance? Yes, many of these items can be prepared ahead of time, allowing you to focus more of your time on the party.

Are there non-alcoholic options for a wine-tasting dinner? Absolutely! You can create non-alcoholic versions of classic wine cocktails using grape juice, sparkling water, and a variety of fresh fruits and herbs. For example, sparkling grape juice with a splash of lemon and a sprig of mint makes a refreshing and elegant alternative.

How can I cater to dietary restrictions with a wine-tasting menu? Offer a variety of dishes, including vegetarian and vegan options like stuffed mushrooms, and clearly label any potential allergens.

What's the best way to serve the food at a wine-tasting dinner? Buffet-style serving works well, allowing guests to mingle and eat as the evening progresses.

How can I make the party more interactive with the food and drinks? Consider incorporating wine-tasting games and challenges to make the party more interactive. For example, you can set up a blind tasting where guests try to identify different wines based on their aromas and flavours. Another idea is to create pairing stations where guests can experiment with matching wines, cheeses, or other small bites. Including informative cards about each wine and its origins can also spark conversations and enhance the tasting experience.